Trump Picks Son's Shady Wedding Planner To Run New York's Federal Housing Program

Submitted by: fancylad 5 months ago in News & Politics


Trump appointed Lynne Patton to run HUD -- she'll be in charge of billions of dollars in funds that oversees the federal housing programs for New York.

What are her credentials? 

  • Well, she has zero housing experience. 
  • She claims a law degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law in Connecticut, but the school's registrar, Jim Benson, said Patton attended for two semesters but did not graduate.
  • She listed Yale as a school she attended in her LinkedIn account, but there are no documents that attach her to the school.
  • Her biggest win is for planning Eric Trump's wedding -- she planned it.

Patton’s connection with Trump dates back to 2009, when she began serving as the family’s event planner "responsible for organizing, executing and assisting with upscale events and celebrity golf tournaments,”}"2 her LinkedIn profile says. It also says she “handle(s) celebrity talent acquisition for various marketing projects, philanthropic events and golf tournaments."

Patton begins her job on July 5 as head of the biggest HUD regional office in the U.S., again in charge of billions in cash to public housing authorities as well as tens of thousands of rental vouchers and block grants that fund housing inspections, and senior citizen programs.

There are 37 comments:
Male 3
It is interesting to see what the nature of the program was in the states getting more than they give!  
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Male 2
You know, I'm not surprised that Trump did it. Well, let's see how Lynne Patton will manage billions of cash. I provide essay help. I will follow what is happening, then I'll write an article on this topic! Maybe her dubious education will not hurt the federal housing programs for New York.
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Male 3
garybaker I hope so 
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Female 469
Waiting for the Trump apologists to start defending this one...

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Male 10,353
Here is one easy to see difference between Obama and Trump. Qualifications of cabinet appointments:

Obama's HUD secretary:
Business and architecture degrees from Harvard
Private sector housing experience
Published on matters of housing
Housing commission advisor
HUD Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing
Commissioner of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development

Trump's HUD secretary:
Black (and the U stands for Urban)
Owns a house

Obama's Eduction Secretary:
Sociology degree from Harvard
Director of education initiative
Chief of staff for head of Chicago Schools
Head of Chicago Schools

Trump's Education Secretary:
Went to a school

Obama's Energy Secretary
Degrees in mathematics and physics
Nobel prize winning physicist 
Director of laboratory

Trump's Energy Secretary:
Thought the department of energy should be eliminated while simultaneously forgetting what it was called.



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Male 3,795
holygod That is fucking hilarious right there, great facts and punchlines!

Personal favorite:

Trump's Education Secretary:
Went to a school 
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Male 4,188
holygod There ya go again with your facts nonsense!

You fail to mention, Trumps choices all are HIGH ENERGY PEOPLE!

That has to tip the balance some kinda way.
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Male 598
daegog That is what the secretary of energy is all about right?
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Male 10,353
Brownie, You're doing a heck of a job!
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Male 4,188
Par for the course.
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Male 40,550
Trump is just giving USA the bird. He's King, he can do what he wants, and not a goddamn thing we can do about it.

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Male 1,541
Gerry1of1 So if EVERY DAY major news papers published lies about YOU, tried to find any way possible to delegitimize your presidency, had non stop 24/7 assholes pillorying you...YOU ALSO would not say F.U.   I like it...it just makes liberals heads pop more, so th more of the liberal tears shed, the better on this one.
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Male 40,550
spanz I'm a conservative, not a liberal.
AS for the world you describe of presidential herassment... it's called real life. Did Fox ever give Obama or Clinton a break or did they constantly lie/hound 24/7?  And the conservative papers as well.
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Male 21,126
Gerry1of1 I wouldn't exactly say that *cough impeachment cough*.
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Male 1,604
fancylad impeachment isn't going to happen no matter how much you wish for it.
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Male 1,845
First it was Ben Carson the neurosurgeon, and now it's Lynne Patton the wedding planner.

It's almost as if Trump thinks that HUD needs to be a black person since it's supposed to promote discrimination-free housing and low-income housing, and maybe these are the only black people he knows...
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Male 21,126
bliznik Yep, first thing I thought of too -- black problems need black people. 

I thought the same thing about Billy Corgan when he replaced James Iha with another male Asian guitarist (Jeff Schroder) and Darcy with another hot female bass player (Nicole Fiorentino). 
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Male 2,718
And when I say government is generally crap at doing anything I get shit from all kinds of people???
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Male 1,028
dromed This wasn't the act of a government.  This was an act by one person within the government.
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Male 2,718
punko You're splitting the hair kind of thin there.  He's the President and all that...you know...the one official that a large percentage of the population only votes for.  Over half the country stays home on any given election day...state...local...dog-catcher...
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Male 8,186
dromed Government is crap if that's what you elect.  Government can work, we as a people have fallen asleep and let special interests rule the day, we've let 2 parties take over so that we only get 2 choices.  It's bad for our Republic, bad for us.  Hard to have a solution with all the built in structures that prevent change from occurring.
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Male 6,285
dromed That's what happens when you elect people who are only serve their own interests (Unfortunately those are the only ones interested in running for political positions any more)
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Male 10,353
dromed So while I agree that putting a wedding planner in charge of HUD is a bad idea you think eliminating HUD is the solution?
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Male 2,718
holygod I think the elimination of about 75% of the federal government would be a cracking good start.  We've got 50 states, each with their own Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches.  Let them do their own work.  Let New Yorker's send their tax dollars to Albany, Delawareans to Dover.  Cut out the fucking middleman.   
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Male 1,561
dromed agreed.  You know why the fed is involved in education, housing etc anymore?  Control.  They aren't necessarily helping, but the leverage of throwing that money around gives them clout - you dont go along, say bye bye to some federal funding.
They have states with large cities strung out like crack whores.
After all, where is the money coming from?  Nebraska?  Force the municipality or state with the need to fund their own programs.  Federal funding needs to be restricted to the absolute mininmum.
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Male 1,561
woodyville06 clarification(sincee fancy still doesn't have an edit feature)  the federal govt has significant responsibilities in tying the 50 states (or is it 58?) together.  The are necessarily infrastructure programs etc that they will need to fund because tbey overarch any given state.  When a program is solely fore a state (excluding disaster relief, etc) I dont really see that as a federal responsibility and another state's expense.
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Male 1,845
clarification(sincee fancy still doesn't have an edit feature)

FYI, the edit feature is in the top right-hand corner of your post, as you can see in this photo.

I still don't know how to embed images the way other users seem to be able to do...
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Male 1,561
bliznik thanks!
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Male 10,353
woodyville06 

See that blue square above your comment with the pencil? Its the edit feature. It's been there a long time.
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Male 1,561
holygod thanks all for the guidance.
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Male 10,353
woodyville06 Sure thing homie.
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Male 10,353
dromed You realize pretty much all the red states outside of Texas would be fucked right?

http://andymatic.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/welfare-state-red-blue-672x372.jpg

Why do we have to think of "government" as a thing? As an other? As an enemy? Isn't government just us? A group of us that helps guide the country, set rules, and assist those that need it? 
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Male 666
holygod These calculations do not consider the fact that state taxes are deductible on your federal taxes.  High state tax states effectively "skim" funds off the top before it goes to the federal government to be sent back out.  I am have seen a few analysis that include these in a similar calculation and it turns out that when you do that most states come out about even.

So it is not clear at all that "pretty much all the red states outside of Texas would be F?????" at all.  


AS one example of how this deduction disproportionatly funds the Blue states. Below is a quote from the Tax Foundation's March 2017 report on the state and local tax deduction.

"Just as the state and local tax deduction disproportionately favors wealthier taxpayers, it also benefits states which combine high incomes and high-tax environments. Reliance on the deduction varies widely: the average value of the state and local deduction as a percentage of AGI in the ten states with the highest reliance on the deductions is 6.09 percent, whereas it is only 3.81 percent in the bottom ten states. In New York, the deduction is worth 9.1 percent of AGI; the median across all states is just under 4.5 percent. More staggering, though, is the fact that just six states—California, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Texas, and Pennsylvania—claim more than half of the value of all state and local tax deductions nationwide, with California alone responsible for 19.6 percent of the national tax expenditure cost."

That's ~$19.6 Billion effectively sent to the people of California each year..... 

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Male 1,561
holygod it would be interesting to see what the nature of the program were in the states getting more than they give.  Social programs vs infrastructure upgrades vs military bases etc.
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Male 1,845
holygod

I think that dromed thinks of the "federal government" as evil and "state government" as good.

In dromed's defense though, I largely support Federalism and state's rights over federal rights, except for interests that are interstate. For some reason liberals don't respect the "laboratory of the states" the way we should, and keep trying to fight for this idea of "universal justice," which is a bit too idealistic. Sometimes it's better to have different sets of rules for different areas of the world.

You're correct that red states would be screwed, and minorities in red states would be doubly-screwed, but it seems like the voters in red states don't really understand how many federal entitlements are funneled towards red states. 

Which is a bit of a problem. Red states are like the ungrateful spoiled children of America. If they don't understand how good they have it--suckling the riches of the blue states and benefiting from our industries, then maybe they need to be punished for a while and see what happens if they receive what they've been asking for all this time. I'd love to start with Florida and Texas...the biggest critics of the Federal government.
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Male 1,381
dromed They're awesome when it comes to taxing people though 
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Male 1,381
This can't possibly end well...
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